June bed-place occupancy down 14.5% in Gozo

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June bed-place occupancy down 14.5% in GozoIn June bed-place occupancy in collective accommodation establishments went down by 14.5 percentage points in Gozo and by 14.1% in Malta when compared to the corresponding month last year.

Occupancy trends

The overall occupancy rate in collective accommodation establishments (net use) went down by 14.1 percentage points in June 2009 over the comparative month in 2008, to stand at 57.1 per cent.

Length of stay and nights spent

In June 2009, the total arrivals in collective accommodation establishments were recorded at 108,903 of which 94,976, or 87.2 per cent, were non-resident arrivals.

For the period under review, total nights spent in collective accommodation establishments were recorded at 664,903, a decrease of 18.7 per cent over the corresponding month in 2008, with the largest drops being registered in the 4-star and 3-star hotel categories. In the month under review, the average length of stay stood at 6.1 nights.

Regional overview

Accounting for 95.5 per cent of the national bed-stock, the overall supply of bed-places in Malta stood at 37,332 beds, an increase of 0.9 per cent when compared to June 2008. On an annual basis, the net use of bed-places in Malta went down by 14.0 percentage points to 57.3 per cent. The average length of stay stood at 6.2 nights. Nights spent by non-residents accounted for 96.1 per cent of total guest-nights in Malta, with an average length of stay of 6.7 nights.

In Gozo and Comino, the overall supply of bed-places stood at 1,752 beds, an increase of 2.0 per cent over the comparable month a year ago. The net use of bed-places in June was 53.4 per cent, a decrease of 14.5 percentage points over June 2008. The average length of stay stood at 4.2 nights, a decrease of 0.2 nights when compared to June 2008. Nights spent by non-residents accounted for 80.1 per cent of total guest-nights in Gozo.

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